According to Research and Markets, the EAI market is expected to grow from $2.4B in 2004 to $8.2B in 2011.
Sun has recently completed its purchase of EAI vendor SeeBeyond. (Link)
EAI, or virtual data integration with service oriented architectures, is a natural evolution of business intelligence. It's BI without a separate instantiation of the data, as in a data warehouse.
Various trends will drive EAI over time such as the homogenization of the operational environment with ERPs and the maturation of SOA and EAI software. Current EAI capabilities do not include robust queries with performance - such as typically found today against data warehouses.
Clearly today, we need the data warehouse, even as a centerpiece of many IT environments. Let's keep an eye on the EAI tipping points however.
Posted August 30, 2005 7:06 PM
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